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Panic disorder occurs in 1-3% of UK
adolescents, has high rates of comorbidity, and a negative impact on
functioning at school and with friends. Currently the most common psychological
treatment approach for adolescents with panic disorder is a generic form of
cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), developed for a range of anxiety disorders.
However, many treatment trials of this general approach have excluded young
people with panic disorder, and existing treatments specifically for
adolescents with panic disorder require a considerable amount of therapist time
(between 11 and 22 hours of therapy). This webinar offers an introduction to
brief cognitive therapy for adolescent panic disorder. This treatment has been
adapted from brief cognitive therapy for adults, based Clark’s (1986) cognitive
model for panic disorder and has recently been evaluated in adolescents within
a feasibility randomised controlled trial (https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN14884288).
The webinar is aimed at clinicians with prior experience of using CBT for the
treatment of anxiety disorders (in young people or adults).
Key learning objectives
By the end of the webinar, participants
will be able to:
Dr Polly Waite is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and is based at the Universities of Reading and Oxford. She is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Her primary clinical and research interests are anxiety disorders in adolescents, particularly around the development of psychological treatments. Dr Waite currently holds a NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct a feasibility trial of cognitive therapy for the treatment of panic disorder in adolescents. She has edited and authored papers and books on anxiety for professionals, young people and their families.
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